Monday, June 4, 2018

MSK Summer Expo XXXIV


Students, instructors, family members and friends from all over met at the Keystone Ski Resort in Colorado, for the  34th Moo Sul Kwan Summer Expo.

Taking place from June 1-3, the theme of Expo XXXIV was "Charging into the Future!"  Each  CTI / MSK / AMASEA event during the past year was bigger and stronger than ever because of the constant charge of our students and instructors.  This year's dynamic Expo Teaching Staff wanted to ride this dynamic wave and help Expo participants experience the idea of what charging into the future is all about.

Group photo from the Moo Sul Kwan Summer Expo 34There were classes in sparring, poomse, one-step sparring, self-defense, judo, MSK Hapkido, target kicking and more.  Featured master instructors at this year's Summer Expo were:  Great Grandmaster Bong Yul Shin, 9th dan, Grandmaster Charles Hildebrand, 8th dan, Grandmaster Jim Sautel, 8th dan, Grandmaster Merinda Sautel, 7th dan, Grandmaster John Sautel, 7th dan, Master Erik Albrechtson, 6th dan, Master Fred Sautel, 5th dan, Master Clayton Garner, 5th dan, Master Alice Meyung, 5th dan and Master Tom Hunter, 5th dan.

Classes began on Friday evening and continued the next morning.  Special classes for black and red belts began at 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM respectively.  All other belts had their first class at 8:00 AM and worked hard to lunch time.  There were also special classes for our parents and friends of Moo Sul Kwan.

The Broken Knuckle Challenge III started after lunch.  Divisions of students performed many different tasks and took on hard challenges that pushed their limits at the over 9,000 ft. elevation of Keystone!   On Saturday evening, everyone got together for the annual Expo Banquet and Party!  Music was provided by the black belt band, Moo Sul Rock, with some special guest performers including MSK and AMASEA President Hildebrand.  During the evening, each CTI Campus presented a video of an original television commercial for a TV show.  Some of the video-shorts were Gilligan's Taekwondo Island, Kicking with the Stars, Family Feud, The Intense and the Powerful and The Black Belt Apprentice.

Sunday began early for the upper belts with some advanced training, followed by classes for everyone until the closing ceremonies.

Broken Knuckle Challenge III results:

Parents      1st-Debbie Eichelberger   2nd-Miha Vieru   3rd-Amy Chavez

Black Belt Men I    1st-Mark Scott   2nd-Andy McDaniel and Rick Orton   3rd-Kyle Feagans

Black Belt Men II    1st-Brian Steward   2nd-Peyton Brauch   3rd-Caleb Feagans

Advanced Women    1st- Jennifer McKernan   2nd-Irene Kim   3rd-Eileen Lindner

Adult Women    1st-Kaddie Willians   2nd-Kirun Agarwal   3rd-Lauren Smith

Adult Men    1st-Brian Jense   2nd-Brian O'Reilly   3rd-Diego Quezada

Intermediate Women    1st-Kayla Roberts   2nd-Annie Jensen and Vi Vu   3rd-Courtney Moen

Teen 1    1st-Chase Wyngarden   2nd-Jameson Healy   3rd-Josh Miller

Teen 2    1st-India Ross   2nd-Mateo Piza   3rd-Robbie Crandell and Sean Huntley

Teen 3     1st-Jacob Bloom   2nd-Zoie Anglin   3rd-Hannah Meadows

Junior Adv 1     1st-Julian Marine   2nd-Bella Lasater   3rd-Turner Jensen

Junior Int 1    1st- Katelyn Minden   2nd- Colton Anglin   3rd- Lorainna Shultz

Junior Adv 2     1st-Caiden Murphy   2nd-Nathaniel McKernan   3rd-Ryann Beaver

Junior Int 2    1st-Lily Strickland   2nd-Marley Powers   3rd- Kylee Odom and Ali Wolfe

Monday, May 21, 2018

Changing the World with Respect

By Amy Krupp, blue belt, CTI BBC Member

While reading the daily news, it’s hard not to get a little bit down about the state of the world. It seems lately that the only news is bad news. I can’t help but think that the world would be a much better place if everyone did their best to treat every person they interact with on a daily basis with respect. Respect is such a simple thing really, but something that can have a huge positive impact on the world.

Martial arts black belt and student showing respect with a bowThe dictionary defines respect as “a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.” I like to think of respect as something a little bit broader than that though. I recently read a story about a father explaining the concept of respect to his children, and I like the definition he gave them. He said that respect is treating something that matters like it matters, and disrespect is treating something that matters like it doesn’t matter. It’s a simple definition, but it really resonated with me. I try to live my life in that way. My family and friends mean a great deal to me, so I do my best to show them how much they mean to me by showing them respect. I do this by showing my love and support, and doing whatever I can to make sure they know that they are valued and important. This can permeate in every aspect of life. You can show respect for your belongings by treating them like they matter- whether that means changing the oil in your car, or sweeping the floor in the kitchen. You can show respect for your studies by listening to your teacher, studying for your exams, and doing your homework. You can show respect for yourself by eating right, getting your exercise, and getting enough sleep. Respect can be shown in every aspect of life.

When you move forward with this mindset of showing respect to everything and everyone, things will start to change. I know that one area of my life that I struggle to show respect is with people who have vastly different political and social beliefs than my own. It can be hard to respect someone who is saying something that completely conflicts with your own moral beliefs. But it’s important to remember that everyone is human. Just because they don’t agree with you on every topic doesn’t mean they don’t deserve respect. You may find that you agree with them on other topics. You may find that they have reasons for believing what they believe. I have found that I can get along with most everyone if I look for common ground, and remember that everyone deserves respect.

The next time you read the news, imagine how almost every negative story could be erased if everyone involved showed respect toward each other. When it comes down to it, we’re all just people trying to live our lives the best way we know how. Everyone is someone’s child, parent, friend, or coworker. Everyone matters. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter who that person voted for, or where they were born, or whether they think pineapple belongs on pizza. All that matters is that they are doing the best they can. You can do your part in making the world a better place, and in making the news a little happier, by looking for the good in people, and by moving forward with the intention of treating everyone and everything with respect.

Monday, April 30, 2018

All-City Championships Reaches New Heights

Martial arts kids lined up wearing sparring pads at a taekwondo tournament

A fantastic two-day championship tournament took place during the last weekend of April at Alameda International Jr/Sr High School in Lakewood, Colorado.

The action began on Friday evening and continued through Saturday.  An All-City Championships attendance record of 350 competitors entered into exciting competitions in poomse, sparring, First Point Wins!, breaking, blindfolded breaking and staff poomse.

Special guest Master Karen M. McHugh was on hand from Dingle, Ireland, along with Moo Sul Kwan black belts Mya and Jacobi Field from Canada. Also in attendance were students and instructors from Missouri, including Master Fred Sautel and Nick Slinkard.

Here are the results from the 2018 All-City Championships:


1st place
Hope Morgan, Eileen Lindner, Collin Kreutz, Natasha McKernan
Katie Dahle, Emily Artman, Merrick Olszek, Rachel Wilcox
Jonah Elstad, Jason Stencel, Sr., Katelynn Ward, Joshua Stencel
Jacob Hoenmans, Owen Robertson, Caiden Murphy, Kaddie Williams
Colin Palminteri, Da Minh Tran, Gillian Boswell, Cody Jacobson
Theryn Ochsner, Caleb Ebert, Jacob Bloom, Camila DeGroot
Alex Tan, Amy Krupp, Candice Chandler, Kayla Roberts
Zach Carney, Gabriella Sleight, Emerald Shankin, Eva Welch
Randy Hernandez, Annie Abbink, Katie Minden, Meilani Wilcox
Regan Beaver, Lydia Tan, Jackson Noller, Zoey Krupp
Nathaniel Keckler, Phineas Hallock, Mason Rutz, Andrew Wilcox
Everett Lasater, Dylan Foster, Kaydence Scott, Jackson Feik
Liam Gilmore, Aiden Soule, Layla Trujillo, Lily Strickland
Lennix Chavez, Lily Laird, Marley Powers, Luna Garcia
Hannah Holmes, Logan Keckler, Coco Dailey, Jade Trujillo

2nd place
Brian Steward, Don Johnson, Peyton Brauch, Kathleen Sautel
Ethan Price, Ryan Wyngarden, Nina Madayag , Ella Barron
Phillip Hoenmans, Vivi Brown, Brendan Arink, Christian Lloyd
Bella Lasater, Jack Weichert, Layla Tran, Lindsey Boswell
Colsten Yoder, Julian Marine, Lars den Hartog, Lydia Willis
Colin Cook, Hunter Gray, Justin Keith, Mattox Bubenik
Kim Freeman, Scott Hancey, David Glisson, Sabrina Liu
Tyler Harbaugh, Hayden Welch, Mary Moen, Debra Chandler
Zane Stephenson, India Ross, Adina Johnson, Roland Dander
Rickert Speckman, Malachi Romero, Carter Schucker, Zachary Cotner
Ivy Strickland, Alexis Chavez, Hudson Handlin, Harmony Scott
Bennett Parks, Charlie Booten, Cooper Stephenson, Nate Florence
Xiaoxue Ada Koberlein, Lucas Brown, Thomas Misiak-Kacsh, Erich McCarthy
Jordan Rutz, Benjamin Todd, Oliver Gomez, Beckett Ramsey
Keira Sherman, Anabella Briceno, Judson Ver Beek, Sierra Sanchez

3rd place
Nick Sinkard, Mark Scott, Tyler Murphy, Kenny Brancio
Lynne Dean, Makayla Trapp, Evelyn LaMorgese, Liam Greene
Avery Mitzlaff, William Schwartz, Mariah Cordova, Lance Schwartz
Tyler Cobb, Lucah Meyer, Dylan Soule, Race Sober
Quynn Cotner, Mitchell Oleszek, Miette Jandreau, TJ Tibbetts
Isabella Sandoval, Elizabeth Hawkins, Evan Shacklett, Zane Kaulbach
Khristin Paisley, Jackie Uchiyama, Kayla Romero, Deb Larson
Micah Nelson, Chance Kane, Charlotte Lafler, Hannah Meadows
Alaina Rivera, Caleb Romero, Francesca DeGroot, Soren Vanderstek
Finnegan Handlin, Alejandra Ramirez, Hudson Lo, Hunter Humeniuk
Allan Stanton, Adam Lemmon, Hunter Bates, Ryan Marine
Atom Taylor, Elise Nakamoto, Ali Wolfe, Michael Lemmon
Tegan Moore, Noah Gomez, Lucy Zappe, Averie Chavez
Jensen Cook, Sophie Brinceno, Leto Ochsner, Sophie Philpot
Penelope Cocoros, Eli Eastment, Evan McEwan, Garrett Falk

4th place
Eric Evans, Bruce Dean, Nathaniel McKernan, Ethan Trapp
Sarah Luper, Kameron Evans, Jacobi Field, Gavin Thurman
Konner Evans, Irene Kim, Shaydon Tuttle, Kylee Ruhser
Aidan Sturm, Tristan Garcia, Helen Grenillo, Alex Schwartz
Nik Tibbetts, Brecken Lusk, Meryn Probasco, Paul Paisley
Adam Harkins, Ethan Ebert, Juliana DeGroot, Patrick Stolle
Jen Hancey, Magdalynn Nelson, Beth Wolfe, Amy Daly
Jonathan Wright, Alex Hancey, Sam Wolfe, Justin Coleman
Diego Quezada, Eliseo Bandala, Kyrie Horine, Lex DeHaven
Ryder Nelson, Claire Zappe, Dylan Wellensien, Ryan Kelly
Kaytie Rogers-Rees, Toby Palminteri, Boden Cadwallader, Daniel Merida
Colton Falk, Benny Aguirre, Liam Mulligan, Thomas Sleight
Oliver Martie, Elsie McDonald, Lucy Paisley, Leo Clair
Rowan Lasater, Mia Wolfe, Gavin Scott, Sidney Bratten
Kholdyn McIntosh

Tiger Poomse

1st place
William Crowley, Rue Weerapura, Elvie Aguirre, Lettie Chavez
Ray Clair, Samuel Gomez, Chase Gentry, Amalina Tarr
Rebekkah Copel, Coraline Lizzio, Joseph Eastment, Grace Bubenik
Kora Wilcox, Roxy Codalbu, Kaiden Rogers-Rees, Sammy Powers
Oliver Hovland, Abby Booten, Julia Parrinello, Jacob Mayberry
Brecken Schubert, Rylan Wolfe, Miles Humphress


1st place
Fred Sautel, Jacobi Field, Kenny Brancio, Don Johnson
Kathleen Sautel, Emily Artman, Eileen Lindner, Tyler Murphy
Isabella Sandoval, Erick Rodriguez, Bryce Cole, Robbie Crandell
Hunter Gray, Avery Mitzlaff, Irene Kim, Colin Cook
Bella Lasater, Lance Schwartz, Da Minh Tran, Brendon Arink
Lindsey Boswell, Chance Kane, Alex Tan, Diego Quezada
Charlotte Lafler, Hannah Meadows, Alex Hancey, Camila DeGroot
Adina Johnson, Kayla Roberts


1st place
Hope Morgan, Ryan Wyngarden, Lexi Johannes, Collin Kreutz
Rick Orton, Nick Slinkard, Makayla Trapp, Chase Wyngarden
Shekina DeTienne, Marley Powers, Erich McCarthy, Lennix Chavez
Theryn Ochsner, Jason Stencel, Jr., Joshua Stencel, Kaddie Williams
Avery Mitzlaff, Dylan Soule, Aidan Sturm, Kylee Ruhser
Caleb Ebert, TJ Tibbetts, Bowen Meyer, Payton Reynolds
Ed Stanton, Miette Jandreau, Mitchell Oleszek, Roland Dander
Zane Kaulbach, Scott Hancey, Daniel Massarweh, Khristin Paisley
Nate Larson, Juliana DeGroot, Sabrina Liu, Leigha Surface
Emerald Shankin, Ethan Ebert, Caleb Romero, Alejandra Ramirez
Evan Charlton, Adina Johnson, Liam Gilmore , Aidan Soule
Bennett Parks, Oliver Hovland, Kaydence Scott, Jordan Rutz
Penelope Cocoros, Grant Shirley, Benjamin Todd, Kaylin Stearns
Evan McEwan, Averie Chavez, Hudson Handlin, Weston Wolfe
Ahas Weerapura, Nate Florence, Eleanor Smagala, Allan Stanton

2nd place
Bridget Sautel, Kenny Brancio, Trish Nguyen, Nathaniel McKernan
Mark Scott, Tyler Murphy, Nina Madayag, Jacobi Field
Eileen Lindner, Ivy Strickland, Matthew Roberts, Adam Lemmon
Lalya Tran, Colston Yoder, Lance Schwartz, Helen Grenillo
Calvin Jensen, Gavin DiNunzio, Lucah Meyer, Lauren Dahlberg
Bryce Cole, Jonah Elstad, Shaydon Tuttle, Sarah Dahle
Jason Stencel, Sr., Gillian Boswell, Da Minh Tran, Chance Kane
Soren Vandersteck, Alex Tan, Ace Garcia, Amy Krupp
Zachary Carney, Olivia Foster, Beth Wolfe, Courtney Moen
Lydia Tan, Jacob Bloom, Brooks Wood, Candice Chandler
Daniel Massarweh, Kaylyn McEwan, Liam Mulligan , Everett Lasater
Lucas Brown, Rylan Wolfe, Keira Sherman, Lucy Paisley
Mia Wolfe, Ryan Marine, Bradley Wangberg, Claire Zappe
Benjamin Crowley, Elsie McDonald, William Crowley, Zach Cotner
Oliver Gomez, Michael Lemmon, Jade Trujillo, Nathaniel Keckler

3rd place
Kathleen Sautel, Josh Miller, Natasha McKernan, Ethan Trapp
Don Johnson, Clayton Garner, Evelyn LaMorgese, Merrick Oleszek
Jennifer McKernan, Sabrina Jensen, Liam Greene, Phineas Hallock
Isabella Sandoval, Christian Lloyd, Tristan Garcia, Vivi Brown
Mateo Piza, Caiden Murphy, Owen Robertson, Bella Lasater
Lars den Hartog, Phillip Hoenmans, Brendan Arink, Elizabeth Hawkins
Lee Tomjack, Lydia Willis, Julian Marine, Jonathan Wright
Richert Speckman, Darrin McIntosh, Randy Hernandez, Nethika Suraweera
Tyler Harbaugh, Melani Wilcox, Deb Larson, India Ross
Felicity Pingkian, Alex Glisson, Alex Hancey, Hayden Welch
Roman Montoya, Katie Minden, Charlie Booten, Boden Cadwallader
Dylan Foster, Mason Rutz, Ali Wolfe, Alexis Chavez
Layla Trujillo, Gregory Smagala, Beckett Ramsey, Harmony Scott
Oliver Martie, Rachel Wilcox, Sammy Powers, Gavin Scott
Rowan Lasater, Kholdyn McIntosh, Luna Garcia, Leto Ochsner

4th place
Katie Dahle, Emily Artman, Freddy Sautel, Eric Evans
Ethan Price, Mya Field, Jameson Healy, Sarah Luper
Quynn Cotner, Colin Palminteri, Nick Tibbetts, Lindsey Boswell
Konner Evans, Will Kennedy, Jacob Hoenmans, Ellie Stanton
Adam Harkins, Erik Rodriguez, Dalton Cole, Christina Manna
Bill Schwartz, Mariah Cordova, Cody Jacobson, Michael Eric Meadows
Finnegan Handlin, Patrick Stolle, David Glisson, Jackie Uchiyama
Justin Coleman, Camilla DeGroot, Jennifer Kautz, Rosario Ramirez
Eva Welch, Malachi Romero, Diego Quezada, Debra Chandler
Eliseo Bandala, Charlotte Lafler, Ryder Nelson, Atom Taylor
Daniel Merida, Hunter Bates, Lucy Zappe, Elise Nakamoto
Hunter Humeniuk, Leo Clair, Rue Weerapura, Thomas Misiak-Kacsh
Lily Strickland, Eli Eastment, Judson Ver Beek, Benny Aguirre
Dylan Wellensiek, Ryann Beaver, Owen Hughes, Noah Gomez

First Point Wins!

1st place
Lynne Dean, Jacobi Field, Nina Madayag, Fred Sautel
Don Johnson, Nathaniel McKernan, Lexi Johannes, Ryan Wyngarden
Bridget Sautel, Aidan Soule, Liam Mulligan, Everett Lasater
Mitchell Oleszek, Moriah Cordova, Jason Stencel, Sr., Elizabeth Hawkins
Bowen Meyer, Erik Rodriguez, Caleb Ebert, Bella Lasater
Owen Robertson, Colin Cook, Avery Mitzlaff, Vivi Brown
Nick Tibbetts, Jason Stencel, Jr., Alex Schwartz, Francesca DeGroot
Evan Charlton, Candice Chandler, Brooks Wood, Ethan Ebert
Emerald Shankin, Rosario Ramirez, Beth Wolfe, Melani Wilcox
Nate Larson, Amy Krupp, Daniel  Massarweh, Alex Tan
Richert Speckman, Chance Kane, Lennix Chavez, Owen Hughes
Marely Powers, Leto Ochsner, Luna Garcia, Nate Florence
Oliver Gomez, Zach Cotner, Hudson Handlin, Rachel Wilcox
Oliver Martie, Toby Palminteri, Benjamin Todd, Gregory Smagala
Penelope Cocoros, Jordan Rutz, Kaydence Scott, Rylan Wolfe

2nd place
Jennifer McKernan, Chase Wyngarden, Makayla Traff, Brian Steward
Eric Evans, Ethan Price, Mya Field, Josh Miller
Sarah Luper , Lucas Brown, Liam Gilmore, Bennett Parks
Julian Marine, Lydia Willis, Melvin Marine, Payton Reynolds
Brendan Arink, Jonah Elstad, Hunter Gray, Ellie Stanton
Jack Weichert, Will Kennedy, Brecken Lusk, Kaddie Williams
Joshua Stencel, Colin Palminteri, Layla Tran, Charlotte Lafler
Daniel Massarweh, Alejandra Ramirez, Diego Quezada, Malachi Romero
Lydia Tan, Leigha Surface, Deb Larson, Juliana DeGroot
Micah Nelson, Kayla Roberts, Ace Garcia, Darren McIntosh
Mattox Bubenik, Roland Dander, Adam Lemmon, Matthew Roberts
Sabrina Jensen, Dylan Wellensiek, Eleanor Smagala, Kholdyn McIntosh
Judson Ver Beek, Andrew Wilcox, Sammy Powers, Elsie McDonald
Thomas Misiak-Kacsh, Harmony Scott, Ryan Marine, Bradley Wangberg
Mia Wolfe, Alexis Chavez, Ali Wolfe, Oliver Hovland

Staff Poomse

1st place
Collin Kreutz, Katie Dahle, Ryan Wyngarden, Brian Steward
Bridget Sautel, Nick Slinkard

2nd place
Nathaniel McKernan, Sarah Luper, Nina Madayag, Hope Morgan
Andy McDaniel, Eric Evans

3rd place
Kathleen Sautel, Kameron Evans, Makayla Trapp, Peyton Brauch
Eileen Lindner

Grand Champions:  Collin Kreutz, Eileen Lindner and Ryan Wyngarden

Friday, April 27, 2018

Your Local, Friendly Martial Arts School: Littleton Campus

By Katie Dahle, 1st dan
The front of the Littleton martial arts CTI

Are you on the lookout for a convenient and competent Littleton martial arts school? Maybe you have a young child with boundless energy to burn. Maybe your teenager struggles with team sports or confidence. Maybe you’re someone looking to get in shape or want to try something new. A quick google search shows several Littleton Taekwondo schools but which one is the one for you? If you want a school with world class instruction, a safe learning environment, dynamic classes, and a staff who care, then the Colorado Taekwondo Institute’s Littleton campus is the school for you.

Founded in 1994, this Littleton Taekwondo school has a talented staff of instructors, including two master instructors, who provide a time-tested curriculum tailored for every student. Recently renovated and updated, the campus has three work-out areas with custom made suspension floors and new carpeting, with viewing areas for friends and family to watch classes.

Part of the Colorado Taekwondo Institute this Littleton martial arts school offers classes five days a week in the evenings for students aged 2 and up. The Colorado Taekwondo Institute teaches the taekwondo style of Moo Sul Kwan, established in the U.S. in 1969 by Great Grandmaster Lee H. Park. These quality classes teach body control, self-defense, and healthy habits. Along with the physical benefits of this curriculum, students learn and live positive behaviors like self-control, respect, self-discipline and humility.

There may be many choices for Littleton karate schools, but the Colorado Taekwondo Institute’s Littleton campus offers high quality martial arts and self-defense classes that train each student to be well-rounded and thoughtful leaders within a life-long learning environment. Stop by this conveniently located Littleton Taekwondo school to see in person what this school can offer you and your family.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Taekwondo and Karate Lessons at the CTI

By Collin Kreutz, 2nd dan

Are you looking to begin karate lessons or martial arts classes? Would you like to get in shape, learn to defend yourself, and most importantly, become a well educated learner and leader through consistent martial arts practices? Well, you are in luck, because the Colorado Taekwondo Institute is for you!

Black belt breaking a board in taekwondo and karate lessonsThere are a multitude of reasons in which taekwondo or karate lessons will benefit you, all of which are offered at the highest level at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute. The mission statement of the CTI asserts, “To encourage world-class leadership through educational excellence and Moo Sul Kwan martial arts traditions”, articulating our goal of promoting education in correlation with physical fitness. Not only will beginning your journey in Taekwondo yield a stronger, quicker, and healthier physical self, but a sharper and more thoughtfully apt mental self as well. These physical and mental growths gained from taekwondo compliment and sustain each other, promoting development and progress as a person in life outside of martial arts.

Taekwondo is a great way to develop yourself physically and get in the best maintainable shape for your own body. Involving many different kinds of physical workouts, whether it be engaging in quick intense exercises, or persistent stamina building ones, martial arts is extremely effective in both building physical strength and endurance. One of the prime contributors to the physical developments gained through taekwondo is that of consistency, which is presently available more so in taekwondo than in many other sports and activities. In general, taekwondo classes will be attended twice a week, with consistent tournament and events held alongside those throughout the year. The consistency of martial arts training will ensure that you will not fall into the struggles of losing your physical fitness, even briefly, which can be an incredibly challenging pit to pull yourself out of. Additionally, our workouts are designed to build a foundation of basics in the taekwondo training before moving no to more advanced and physically adept techniques. This ensures that your body will attain a very valuable, strong, and solid physical foundation, which is extendable to the rest of your activities in your life warranting bodily fitness.

However, the CTI is not simply concerned with developing your physical self. Our five tenets of taekwondo, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, integrity, and courtesy, are instructed into our students every single class, promoting their educational and moral developments. Taekwondo students are presented with new challenges every single day, whether it be striving for your next belt, preparing for the upcoming tournament, or even simply fixing a mistake pointed out by your instructor. Learning how to battle through new challenges in effective manners, and being able to maintain control of your mind and spirit through these challenges will be highly provocative of creating a more driven and determined individual. Additionally, students are taught a high degree of respect and honesty through their training, further developing their morally correct social and educational skills, as well as their leadership capabilities. Through training at the CTI, it can be guaranteed that the student will improve mentally as a whole, improve every other aspect of life as a more mentally healthy person.

Training at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute is the best choice anybody could make for themselves, their relatives, or their friends. So, if you are interested in karate, taekwondo, or martial arts classes, the CTI is the best place for you!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Your Family in MSK Taekwondo

By Irene Kim, red belt

The benefits from training in Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo are immeasurable and intensely meaningful when multiple family members train together at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute (CTI).   A very unique bonding develops immediately and continually grows stronger, as each member of the family pushes themselves to achieve goals once thought to be unattainable.

A family doing martial arts togetherThe study of Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo requires attention to multiple things simultaneously to accurately complete required moves. It is a very challenging but rewarding practice. To recall and implement the seemingly infinite number of techniques is a constant push but also so satisfying when you come closer to mastering even one.

The training also requires continual practice of techniques. While one learns the moves, not only is the physical performance involved but also the attainment of a deep understanding of the rationales behind the moves.  One achieves this by practicing and interacting with others at the CTI.

For multiple family members training in family martial arts, valuable opportunities for even further practice and understanding are appreciated. I am an adult red belt who got my 10-year-old daughter involved when she was around 5. A photo of her in her first uniform with her white belt looks over me as I write this. Her smile is beaming with pride even back then and reminds me of the value of having my family involved.

My 7-year-old son also joined a couple years ago and now he enjoys the competition of tournaments and our family martial arts training together.  We often talk of “kicks nights,” our family’s way of referring to the nights we all go to classes.  The schedule of the household does continually involve these nights and I look forward to seeing them strengthen their minds, bodies and spirits while improving their self-confidence, respect for others, focus and discipline.

As we individually push to understand and perform the beautiful Moo Sul Kwan Martial Art of Taekwondo at the CTI, we ask each other questions to further delve into the details of each move.  We can point out things on which we are doing well, as well as those areas which might need improvement.  We do these things in the living room, at the park, in the well as at the dojang, or workout area, at the Institute.

The benefits of Taekwondo at the CTI extend into all aspects of our lives: at school, work and in the community.  On our way to birthday parties or the store, we talk about where your foot should be on a certain poomse or what the target of a certain punches is.  We practice side kicks in the pool.  We do jumping jacks and stretches at the park.  This type of attention to the practice improves and strengthens our focus and allows success in other areas as we move through our days.  It is also incredibly fun to figure out the details and push each member of the family to success together.

Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo is not just for you, it is something very positive and rewarding to pass onto generations to come. I suggest you check-out the Colorado Taekwondo Institute when you are looking for martial arts schools for families.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Camp MSK

By Cody Jacobson, red belt, CTI LeAD Team Member

Here at CTI, we do lots of activities. One of my favorites is Camp MSK. Some people I’ve met have considered going to camp but decided against it because they were too scared. Some said they would miss their parents, others said it is a long time away from home. I personally was not deterred from going to camp for my first time. I looked at it as a way to grow within Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo. When you do go, it is a tremendous amount of fun.

Camp MSK is one of the best places. You always have fun, and the food is great. It's really not scary. Even if none of the students in your class or your campus (of which I doubt) are coming you always make friends. One way to do so is to become friends with your demo group. The demos at camp are always amazing. Another place to make friends is at the communal meals. There are always people willing to sit with anyone at dinner, lunch and breakfast. You are never alone. If you are afraid that you will forget to put on sunscreen or get hurt, or anything of that sort, you don't need to worry. On the first day of camp, you will receive an upper belt buddie (most commonly black belts) and they make sure that you get on sunscreen and bug spray if you need it. If not, your group leader will. Group leaders will try and make sure you don't get hurt.

Kids kicking at a martial arts summer camp in the Colorado mountainsI think the best part of camp, even though it is all amazing, is probably the food. I know other students and black belts will agree with me. The food is so good you would not even imagine. This food gives us the energy to tackle all of the days activities. We do hiking, biking, swimming, rock climbing, archery, and of course, MSK Taekwondo. Sometimes, we do classes inside of classes. For example, we might go biking then stop and do poomse, or basics. We sometimes also have one class all day long. It is not uncommon to learn new moves at least once while at camp. You get to have class with different instructors that you are not used to having. Sometimes, people come out from Missouri. It is good to learn from different instructors, it improves your learning area.

Along with all of the MSK Taekwondo activities we do at camp, we also do non-Taekwondo related stuff. As mentioned in the paragraph above, we do rock climbing, and archery. We don't put all of that stuff you bring to waste. On your packing list, it says to bring a bike. We go on lots of rides, and sometimes set our bikes down and do a class. We have classes almost anywhere possible. We also use what's around us. Once, I did a class on staffs and we used sticks instead of staffs. We always take a hike to a waterfall near the end of camp. We take pictures of us at this spot. We also go to a place called the Kiva. We go there on our free time, and we have a lot of fun. There you can play basketball, roller skate or do other gym type activities. We also go to the tubing hill. It is open all year round, and is a lot of fun. We do lots of non-Taekwondo activities.

MSK Summer Camp is one of the best Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo events there is. I would hate to miss out, even if that means losing five days of summer vacation.  I hope you think so too.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Your Local, Friendly Martial Arts School: Lakewood Campus

By TJ Gutierrez, 1st dan
The front of the Lakewood martial arts CTI

The Lakewood Colorado campus is the headquarters campus for Colorado Taekwondo Institute (CTI). It is the location for Saturday morning instructor and leadership training. Other martial arts schools might try to "wow" you with posters and banners, but at the Lakewood martial arts school, our state-of-the-art workout rooms, our close and convenient location, and our top notch instructors will make you not want to go to any other martial arts place but the Colorado Taekwondo Institute.

The Lakewood campus is nestled in the beautiful Green Mountain neighborhood right off of West Alameda Parkway and is behind US bank and right next to Faith Mountain Church, which we partner with throughout the year doing service projects to support their local food bank. We have one of the safest and friendliest neighborhoods in Lakewood. One of the cool advantages of being at the Lakewood campus is that is is near really great schools ranging from preschool to high school. Many teens including myself have grown up in this community and around these schools and we can say for certain they are great choices. The other great thing that is near the Lakewood campus is good places to eat like Firehouse Subs, Mad Greens and locally operated Burrito Express. If you don’t want to eat out, that's no problem there is a King Soopers right across the street and Safeway is not far either.

The inside of the Lakewood campus is inviting to visitors and versatile for students. It consists of two workout areas. One in the front and one in the back. The state of the art training rooms are where we practice and do Taekwondo. We also have some of the best equipment. We do many activities with sparring bags and targets. They are in very good condition and are very fun to use. Other aspects of the building is the bathrooms and drinking fountains that students can use after workouts. We have another room where we usually store cleaning supplies and vacuums. Our lobbies have been redone with wood flooring instead of carpet and has a very nice feel and look to the campus. We have benches for parents to sit on and watch their kids do amazing things through the large open viewing windows looking into the workout areas.

But best of all, our campus instructors are outstanding at teaching at the Lakewood martial arts campus.The instructor or teacher of the class is the one that helps you with moves, working out and can answer any question relating to martial arts. We love teaching the community the culture of Taekwondo to as many people as possible. We also love to teach kids and adults the benefits of working out and working hard. There are different levels of classes that students take and each one has a great instructor.

The people of Taekwondo, the campus itself, and the Lakewood area are all amazing. When you combine them all together it is an exceptional combination for you and your kids to work out and enjoy yourself in Lakewood. If you are looking for a Lakewood karate school, come on down to the Lakewood campus at 12354 West Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, Colorado or call us at (303)-989-7542.

Monday, April 2, 2018

AMASEA National Convention Bus Trip

By Cody Jacobson, red belt, 12 years old, CTI LeAD Team Member

Martial arts kid doing a jump back kick board break

The 2018 AMASEA National Convention is one of the best trips within Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo that I've ever been on.  It is a lot of fun and you always learn new stuff.  And like Camp MSK, the food is wonderful!

The convention is a travel trip to Missouri.  So in order to get us all there, we charter our own bus.  We drive overnight to St. Louis.  It is a long bus ride but it is fairly easy to fill the time.   We watch movies.  I also spent a lot of time talking to other students on the bus.  We talked about MSK Taekwondo but we also talked a bunch about our hobbies and interests outside of training.  It was really nice to be able to connect with other students outside of my CTI Campus and be able to learn things about them outside of Taekwondo.  We stop every so often at gas stations to use the restrooms, and get food.  You can buy all kinds of food from healthy snacks to not so healthy snacks.  We stopped about 3 times going there and 3 times coming back.  (It is always a relief to see civilization when we are in Kansas.)  On the way back, we stop at a gas station and break boards.  It is always fun to watch other students break boards, and see the looks of the drivers driving past us.

We go to a lot of classes at the National Convention.  They range from doing poomse to Judo with Great Grandmaster Shin.  You will always learn new things from the class instructors.  This may or may not be new moves on a poomse you are working on, or even starting a new poomse but it is still a ton of fun.  The instructors will give you tips on what you are doing, and show you things that you have never seen before.  I took a class on Moo Sul Kwan Hapkido, something I've never done before, and learned all sorts of new things.  Most of the classes, if not all, will be hard but you will enjoy them no matter what.  The Judo class with Great Grand Master Shin is one of the hardest classes at the convention, but after you get through it, you will find that it was really fun. Although, don't be surprised if you are sore for the next few days. The classes are all really fun and interesting so it is always good to join in and explore them.

On this years trip we went to the City Museum of St. Louis on the first day.  When you think museum, you think hallways lined with artifacts and boring text.  That is the exact opposite of the City Museum.  It is more of a jungle gym than a museum.  You climb on wire and metal structures inside and outside.  The structures span a 10 story building.  Every structure in the building is made out of something found in St. Louis.  There is even a slide running from the top to the bottom of the building, and one that stretches half way.  Knee pads are optional but are definitely a good thing.  Between exploring with your friends and conquering your fear of heights, the museum is a tremendous amount of fun and the non Taekwondo highlights of the trip.

The AMASEA National Convention is a tremendous amount of fun. You would hate to miss out.  You get to learn things that are new, and hang out with your friends.  The AMASEA National Convention is definitely a great CTI Taekwondo trips!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts: Experience of the New Old Guy

By Brian O'Reilly, green belt

I am new to Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts. I’m 50 years old; but I’m not old! Thanks in large part to Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts!

Martial arts for adults in fun and exciting adult martial arts classesI have been an athlete for nearly all of my life and involved in a wide range of organized sports, exercise and recreational activities. Participating in sports as a youth is very different than participating as an adult.  When you are young, there is so much to learn about your body, your competitive spirit, how to train, and how to interact with opponents, teammates, referees and coaches. I grew up around athletics as my dad was a high school coach for 40 years.  I asked my dad at an early age why sports are important for a student athlete who will never be good enough to “go pro” and make a career as a professional athlete.  His answer pointed out the obvious physical and mental benefits of exercise for people of all ages.  He also stressed the equally important personal and social lessons of learning a skill, consistent hard work, commitment, loyalty,positive interaction with teammates/authority figures, sportsmanship and how to navigate through successes and failures.  He pointed out that all of these lessons are available through athletics, especially in a solid program lead by a great coach.  He stressed that these are life-lessons and should transfer into adulthood to create the leaders of tomorrow.  Adults who never learn these life-lessons struggle personally, professionally and can have a negative impact on society as a whole. Fortunately I have been surrounded by great teachers, coaches, bosses and mentors.  As an adult the life-lessons of athletics continue to ring true and help me grow, physically, mentally and spiritually as a well-rounded person.  Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts is now my sport of choice as a 50 year old man.

Moderation was never really my thing.  My body has paid the price over the years for extreme living. Broken bones are par for the course in any contact sport; but years of heavy weight-lifting and CrossFit programs resulted in various surgeries which eventually slowed me down as an adult.  I was unhappy during the recovery/healing times, craved physical activity, and competition. Yet, I was also worried that I would be back under the knife again if I kept up the same extreme and active pace. I had always been fascinated with the Martial Arts from afar, so I thought I would give it a try.  There were so many options available it was difficult to choose; but after some in-depth research I joined The Colorado Taekwondo Institute and the study of Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts.   I was very fortunate to have landed where I did!

Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute (CTI) was exactly what I needed.  The Colorado Taekwondo Institute was founded by Grandmaster James M. Sautel, 8th Dan Black Belt, in 1983, and there are now several locations throughout the Colorado.  CTI works in association with the Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts Institute and the American Martial Arts Sports and Education Association.  Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts was brought to the United States by Great Grandmaster Lee H. Park in 1969 and serves as the model for training at all Colorado Taekwondo Institute locations.  The CTI mission statement is “To encourage and develop world-class leaders through educational excellence and Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts traditions”.  For the past year and a half, my personal experience with CTI and Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts training has been in line with the CTI Mission Statement and the life-lessons I have been taught growing up.  The aims of Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts, the tenets of Taekwondo and the philosophy, goals and operation of the Colorado Taekwondo Institute complement my lifestyle, goals, ethics, exercise and competitive needs. I enjoy the ability to challenge my body in new ways, and for many years to come, which will lead to healthier longevity without the high-risk of injury.  I also enjoy the mental and emotional challenges related to learning a new discipline and starting out a program as a rookie.  I’m the new old guy!  Starting Moo Sul Kwan adult martial arts is new experience that teaches humility, patience and perseverance.  I believe that a little suffering in any forum is the requirement for success.  As a 50 year old, that suffering can be more apparent than when you’re an 18 years old athlete!  But that challenge to stay involved, active and fight through the aches and pains has its rewards.  The rewarding and positive experience of Moo Sul Kwan martial arts for adults at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute is more than physical.  The bonding and team support with fellow students, support by upper-belt students and black belt instructors is a mental and emotional reward by itself.  Most prominent though is the inspirational guidance, instruction and care provided by Grandmaster Sautel.  I am fortunate to have found Moo Sul Kwan adult martial arts, which provides comprehensive body, mind and spirit training, knowledge and self-defense skills. I am fortunate to have found The Colorado Taekwondo Institute, which honors the traditions of Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts while providing a positive and exciting modern-day forum for training, learning and competition.  I am very fortunate to be surrounded by supportive CTI Students and Instructors…and I cannot say enough about how lucky I am to study under CTI founder Grandmaster Sautel.  I’ve added him to my very short, selective and influential list of heroes. In talking to fellow students I know that I’m not alone as he inspires so many others at CTI.  I am always happy to have the opportunity to share my positive experience with others, especially those with similar backgrounds and needs.  CTI and Moo Sul Kwan martial arts for adults have provided everything I was looking for and I’m excited to continue my training for many years to come.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Uniform

By Devon Bilyeu, 1st dan

Martial arts upper belts at a Taekwondo tournament wearing uniformsIn the martial art of Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo, the uniform is very important to the practice, like many other martial arts and sports in general.  The uniform is important in aspects such as discipline and respect, along with smaller details like rank. To start, the uniform is a method of, and represents the discipline of the sport.  Everyone is required to wear a uniform, with few to no exceptions, therefore a method of discipline. Another reason for a uniform is that it shows respect. Wearing a uniform when practicing MSK Taekwondo shows respect not only to the sport itself, but also the people working out around you, showing that you are dedicated to the sport and upholding the Moo Sul Kwan values while wearing it. Wearing the uniform also shows respect to the instructor, implying that once you put it on, you are ready to learn and practice the martial art. The uniform also shows rank, with a plain white uniform with a colored belt for training, under black belt students.  MSK Black belts wear a special, embroidered uniform with black lapels and stripes on the right sleeve showing the dan. The uniform is also part of the history of Taekwondo, relating all the way back to when Taekwondo and similar martial arts were practiced and taught in the Korean military. The Taekwondo uniform we have today was originally derived from the military practice uniform, and has changed over time.  Wearing the uniform also pays respect to the heritage of Taekwondo, relating all the way back to Korea.

The belt is also included in the uniform, possibly being one of the most important parts, used for showing rank as well as keeping the uniform fastened. The belt is an indicator of rank, with colors showing different ranks, with black being the highest. Once the goal of black belt is reached, the belt stays black throughout the belts, with embroidery showing the level of black belt.  The belt also is a huge part of the uniform in terms of keeping it tidy.  The belt ensures that the lapels of the uniform are held in place properly, keeping the uniform looking clean and, well, uniform.  One final point is to make sure to always keep the uniform clean. If the uniform is dirty, then it is disrespectful to the sport and the instructors.  Because the uniform is white, it is easy to tell when it is dirty and needs to be washed, so make sure to keep it clean! Overall, the uniform is a huge part of the martial art Taekwondo, possibly one of the biggest, its importance outweighing almost any other aspect.

Monday, February 26, 2018

44th CTI Superbowl is a Blast!

Our 44th CTI Superbowl took place at Alameda International Junior/Senior High School on February 23-24! A CTI Superbowl record number 346  competitors attended this very special end of the CTI year event.

The action began on Friday evening with black belt staff poomse competition. After the many dynamic staff poomse, double-elimination black belt sparring followed for the adults. Junior black belt sparring and breaking competitions also took place before Friday evening was over.

Saturday began early with black belts starting at 7:00 AM with poomse and poomse breaking competitions. Red, brown and purple belts followed and competed in poomse, breaking, sparring and First Point Wins!

Our youngest competitors made up the second group of the day and the older white-blue belts came after that. 

To celebrate the end of the CTI-year, everyone under black belt competes for the Grand Champion awards. This year's Grand Champions were: Josh Miller, Jacobi Field, Jason Stencel, Sr., Amy Krupp and Annie Jensen.

Here are the results:


1st Place
Benny Aguirre       Angela Almaraz     Landon Aquino     Vivi Brown     Lucas Brown     Mattox Bebenik      Chris Cardella     Alexis Chavez     Dalton Cole     Quynn Cotner     Katie Dahle     Lynne Dean     Lars Den Hartog     Jacobi Field     Oliver Gomez     Liam Green     Olivia Hamilton     Keet Holdridge     Isaac Jensen     Adina Johnson     Nathaniel Keckler     Collin Kreutz     Amy Krupp     Lily Laird     Evelyn LaMorgese     Lennix Chavez     Sabrina Liu     Chirstina Manna     Julian Marine     Conor McConaghy     Cash McConaghy     Elsie McDonald     Natasha McKernan     Tyler Moore     Liam Mulligan     Mitchell Oleszek     Jason Ranjit     Caleb Romero     Isabella Sandoval     Michael Sandusky     Harmony Scott     Mark Scott     Gavin Scott     Derek Simpson     Ahston Sipes     Aiden Soule     Rickert Speckamn     Allan Stanton     Jason Stencel, ,Sr.     Lydia Tan     Alex Tan     Da Minh Tran     Layla Tran     Makayla Trapp     Tina Vo     Andrew Wilcox     Lydia Willis     Ali Wolfe     Sigourney Zager     Lucy Zappe

2nd place
Amadeao Amaducci     Kirun Agarwal     Brendan Arink     Reagan Beaver     Ryann Beaver     Kenneth Brancio     Peyton Brauch     Anabella Briceno     Jonathan Castro     Garrett Cole     Colin Cook     Julian Crawford     Coco Daily     Deb Denny     Eric Evans     Sesly Evers     Jackson Feik     Kyle Fergason     Tristan Garcia     Helen Grenillo-Weaver     Elizabeth Hawkins     Jett Herblan     Philip Hoenmans     Hunter Humeniuk     Sean Huntley     Cody Jacobson     Annie Jensen     Brian Jensen     Trace Jensen     Chance Kane     Zoey Krupp     Sarah Luper     Melvin Marine     Katelyn Minden     Jovan Moore     Hope Morgan    Caiden Murphy     Tyler Murphy     Leto Ochsner     Merrick Oleszek     Marley Powers     Joshua Ranjit     Malachai Romero     India Ross     Lance Schwartz     Keira Sherman     Grant Shirley     Gabriella Sleight     Thoas Sleight    Eleanor Smagala     Zane Stphenson     Cooper Stephenson     Ivy Strickland     Aidan Sturm     Bent Todd     Ethan Trapp     Layla Trujillo     Jack Weichert     Eva Welch     Ryan Wyngarden

3rd place
Annie Abbink     Elvie Aguirre     Emily Artman     Hunter Bates     Devon Bilyeu     Jeffery Bowen     Thomas Burden     Craig Cardella    Averie Chavez     John Cook     Benjamin Crowley     Shekina DeTienne     Lillian Eichelberger     Jonah Elstad      Jordan Florence      Luna Garcia     Liam Gilmore     Finnegan handlin     Miette Jandreau     Sabrina Jensen     Zane Kaulbach     Irene Kim     Charlotte Lafler    Nate Larson     Michael Lemmon     Adam Lemmon     Eileen Lindner     Nina Madayag     Nathaniel McKernan     Hannah Meadows     Lucah Meyer     Trish Nguyen     Colin Palminteri     Donovan Penrod     Ashton Price     Meryn Probasco     Kayla Roberts     haddie Rolfing     William Schwartz     Kaydence Scott     Gregory Smagala     Aspen Smith     Race Sober     Dylan Soule     Ellie Stanton     Darcy Stanton     Jason Stencel, Jr.     Gavin Thurman     TJ Tibbetts    Shaydon Tuttle     Noah Vaughn     Andrew Votaw     Lincoln Walker     Bradley Wangberg     Maxwell Weaver     Hayden Welch     Samuel Wolfe     Beth Wolfe     Jacob Woodruff      Evan Yach

4th place 
Micah Abrams     Elijah Alire     Jackson Babcock     Rachel Bakkum     Eliseo Bandala     Mathias Bauer     Sidney Bratten     Susan Burgstiner     Debra Chandler     Tyler Cobb     Bryce Cole     Jensen Cook     Sarah Dahle     Deb Larson     Holly Fergason     Noah Gomez     Gwen Gutierrerz     Hank Haubner     Calvin Haubner     Jameson Healy     Calvin Jensen     Christian Jezek     Don Johnson      Brandon Kirt     Brynn Konrad     Oliver Martie    Erich Mc Carthy     Warren McDonald     Bowen Meyer     Lily Miller     Mary Moen     Arnov Narumanchi     Theryn Ochsner     Kylee Odom     Brian O'Reilly     Toby Palminteri     Jackie Penrod     Isabella Peterson     Sammy Pwers     Naomi Price     Ethan Price     Kathleen Sautel     Jayden Scherer     Ed Stanton     Nethika Suraweera     Taylor Tipton     Jade Trujillo     Soren Vanderstek     Andra Vieru     Olivea Walsh     Ahas Weerapura     Kaddie Williams     Jonathan Wright     Braden Zach


1st place
Grace Bebenik     Lettie  Chavez     William Crowley     Evelyn Fleetwood     Chase Gentry     Samuel Gomez     Piper Hamilton     Keira Haubner     Miles Humphress     Coraline Lizzio    Hudson Handlin     Hunter Bates     Lindy Madelbaum     Ryan Marine     Alexander Newman     Maryn Rolfing     Brody Shaver     Amalina Tarr     Elias Vaughn     Rue Weerapura     


1st place
Alexis Chavez      Lynne Dean     Lars Den Hartog     Oliver Gomez     Liam Green     Keet Holdridge     Adina Johnson     Amy Krupp     Sabrina Liu     Julian Marine     Michael Sandusky     Aiden Soule     Rickert Speckman     Allan Stanton     Da Minh Tran     Tina Vo     Brendan Arink      Jonathan Castro     Eric Evans     Hudson Handlin     Brian Jensen     Sarah Luper     Hope Morgan     Marley Powers     Eleanor Smagala     Jack Weichert     Emily Artman     Jonah Elstad     Miette Jandreau     Eileen Lindner     Hannah Meadows     Kaydence Scott     Gregory Smagala     TJ Tibbetts     Shaydon Tuttle     Andrew Votaw     Hayden Welch    Rachel Bakkum     Calvin Jensen     Oliver Martie     Erich McCarthy     Warren McDonald     Mary Moen     Theryn Ochsner     Ed Stanton     Joshua Stencel     Quynn Cotner     Dylan Foster     Sam LaMorgese     Kaylyn McEwan     MIchael Erik Meadows     Joshua Miller     Caleb Port     Evan Shacklett     Michael Veith     Weston Wolfe     Claire Zappe   

2nd place   
Benny Aguirre     Vivi Brown     Chris Cardella     Katie Dahle     Isaac Jensen     Nathaniel Keckler     Conor McCarthy     Cash McConaghy     Caleb Romero     Isabella Sandoval     Ahston Sipes     Lucy Zappe      Elizabeth Hawkins     Philip Hoenmans     Cody Jacobson     Annie Jensen     Zoey Krupp     Melvin Marine     Jovane Moore     Caiden Murphy     Tyler Murphy     Malachai Romero     India Ross     Grant Shirley     Ivy Strickland     Ethan Trapp     Eva Welch     Hunter Bates      Craig Cardella     Sabrina Jensen     Charlotte Lafler     Ashton Price     Race Sober     Dylan Soule     Ellie Stanton     Noah Vaughn     Evan Yach     Eliseo  Bandala     Jensen Cook     Noah Gomez     Gwen Gutierrez     Hank Haubner     Kylee Odom     Jackie Penrod     Braden Zack     Andrei Amihalachio     Candice Chandler     Zachary Cotner     Deb Larson     Talus Folks     Sean Konrad     Andy Mc Daniel     Bridget Sautel     Vi Vu     Allie Warnick

3rd place 
Angela Almaraz     Dalton Cole     Jacobi Field     Evelyn LaMorgese     Ryan Marine     Liam Mulligan     Harmony Scott     Mark Scott     Gavin Scott     Derek Simpson     Jason Stencel, Sr.     Lydia Tan     Andrew Wilcox     Ali Wolfe     Kirun Agarwal     Colin Cook     Sesly Evers     Chance Kane     Katelyn Minden      Merrick Oleszek    Lance Schwartz     Ryan Wyngarden     Annie Abbink     Thomas Burden    Shekina DeTienne     Zane Kaulbach     Nate Larson     Lucah Meyer     Trish Nguyen     Jason Stencel, Jr.     Samuel Wolfe    Elijah Alire     Mathias Bauer     Sarah Dahle     Calvin Haubner     Bowen Meyer     Brian O'Reilly     Toby Palminteri     Jayden Scherer     Soren Vanderstek     Andra Vieru     Ahas Weerapura     Lennix Chavez      Mariah Cordova     Evan Crowley     Lauren Dahlberg     Kim Freeman     Adam Harkins     Diego Quezada    Matthew Roberts    Lorianna Shultz     Brian Steward     Lily Strickland     Jackie Uchiyama     Maillee Wallace

4th place
Lucas Brown     Mattox Bubenik     Christina Manna     Elsie McDonald     Makayla Trapp     Amadeo Amaducci    Reagan Beaver     Ryann Beaver     Garrett Cole     Sean Huntley     Keira Sherman     Ben Todd     Devon Bilyeu     Jeffery Bowen     John Cook     Lillian Eichelberger     Finnegan Handlin     Adam Lemmon     Colin Palminteri     Donovan Penrod     Meryn Probasco     Darcy Stanton     Lincoln Walker     Bradley Wangberg     Debra Chandler     Bryce Cole     Don Johnson      Isabella Peterson     Kathleen Sautel     Nethika Suraweera     Penelope Cocoros     Logan Gill     Rnady Hernandez     Jacob Hoenmans     RJ Larson     Dean Loux     Evan McEwan     Jennifer McKernan     Courtney Moen     Silas Rees     Erik Rodriguez     Alex Schwartz     Nick Tibbetts     Raegan Welch     Nick Slinkard     Dylan Wellensiek     Chase Wyngarden     Colston Yoder     Elijah Zappe


1st place
Alexis Chavez     Lynne Dean     Lars Den Hartog     Oliver Gomez     Keet Holdridge     Adina Johnson     Amy Krupp     Sabrina Liu     Jonathan Castro     Hudson Handlin     Marley Powers     Eleanor Smagala     Gregory Smagala     TJ Tibbetts     Andrew Votaw     Calvin Jensen     Ed Stanton     Dylan Foster     Evan Shacklett     Weston Wolfe     Chris Cardella     Isaac Jensen     Cody Jacobson     Annie Jensen     Caiden Murphy     Ashton Price     Hank Haubner     Angela Almaraz     Dalton Cole     Jacobi Field     Evelyn LaMorgese     Harmony Scott     Derek Simpson     Ali Wolfe     Katelyn Minden     Brian O'Reilly     Toby Palminteri     Jayden Scherer     Lauren Dahlberg     Christina Manna     Ben Todd     Debra Chandler     Jacob Hoenmans     Courtney Moen     Layla Tran     Sigourney Zager     Trace Jensen     Leto Ochsner     Gavin Thurman     Roland Dander     TJ Gutierrez     Colt McConaghy

2nd place
Jack Weichert     Kaydence Scott     Shaydon Tuttle     Hayden Welch     Warren McDonald     Sam LaMorgese     Josh Miller     Michael Veith     Claire Zappe     Elizabeth Hawkins     Philip Hoenmans     Jovan Moore     India Ross     Ellie Stanton     Jackie Penrod     Braden Zach     Zachary Cotner     Deb Larson     Talus Folks     Ryan Marine     Jason Stencel     Lydia Tan     Kirun Agarwal     Colin Cook     Merrick Oleszek     Lance Schwartz     Thomas Burden     Zane Kaulbach     Samuel Wolfe     Bowen Meyer     Andra Vieru     Ahas Weerapura     Kim Freeman     Matthew Roberts     Lorianna Shultz     Lillian Eichelberger     Colin Palminteri     Lincoln Walker     Bradley Wangberg     Bryce Cole     Isabella Peterson     RJ Larson     Silas Rees     Lydia Willis     Helen Grennilo-Weaver     Averie Chavez     Michael Lemmon     Jonathan Castro     Mya Field     Savian Roberts     Oliver Shultz     Patrick Stolle


1st place
Lars den Hartog     Annie Jensen     Caiden Murphy     Jacobi Field     Katelyn Minden     Roland Dander     Philip Hoenmans     Jovan Moore     Jason Stencel      Lance Schwartz     Julian Marine     Emily Artman     Mary Moen     Vivi Brown     Conor McCarthy     Craig Cardella     Race Sober     Mathias Bauer     Mariah Cordova     Diego Quezada     Jackie Uchiyama     Chase Wyngarden     Aidan Sturm     Jameson Healy     Kaddie Williams     Turner Jensen     Hudson Van Voorhees


1st place
Bridget Sautel     Nick Slinkard    Collin Kreutz     Makayla Trapp     Merrick Oleszek     Ryan Wyngarden

2nd place
Devon Bilyeu     Nina Madayag     Evelyn LaMorgese     Kathleen Sautel     Michael Sandusky   

3rd place
Brian Steward     Tyler Murphy     Peyton Brauch     Gwen Gutierrez     Brynn Konrad     Ethan Trapp

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Model Concept of Moo Sul Kwan

By Ethan Trapp, 2nd dan

The Colorado Taekwondo Institute (CTI) teaches students to be well rounded individuals. The first president of Moo Sul Kwan came up with the model concept which is a teaching strategy that incorporates three parts to create well rounded and educated martial artists. The psychomotor (body) and affective (spirit) are at the bottom of this model. Students must become masters of these two parts before they master the third, the cognitive, or mind element of a great martial artist. The Moo Sul Kwan Model Concept is crucial in creating knowledgeable and fit martial artists with greater abilities outside of just the physical martial arts.

Martial arts students developing their body, mind and spirit through trainingThe Psychomotor domain covers the physical aspect of Taekwondo and is vital to having a healthy and active life. It is the the first element of the Model Concept taught to students. Every time we work out, we work on the Psychomotor domain. To start off class, we do jumping jacks which raise your heart rate and get us warmed up for the real workout. Following that, there are stretches. In this, we do push ups and sit ups. These exercises help keep our core strong and build muscle to improve strength. Many other activities done in Taekwondo such as sparing, poomse, and basics contribute the the Psychomotor domain. Doing all of this exercise has countless benefits. As with most exercise, you get an elevated heart rate. Along with that, exercise keeps you fit and in shape, which has applications in everyday life. Exercise keeps you motivated and more active in general. Benefits that are specific to Taekwondo include more precise movement and body awareness. It should also be noted that regular exercise is known to release chemicals in your brain that keep you feeling happy regularly. The Psychomotor domain is an important place to start in the Model Concept as it builds the foundation for the other areas.

Following that, the Affective domain is taught to students as it furthers training. The affective domain is needed to create well rounded students because it applies concepts to everyday life. This domain appears in everything we do as well. The most prevalent examples are in the quarterly tournaments, the steady progression of belts, and the Tenets of Taekwondo. All of these help the Affective domain because they teach students to work hard for rewards and become better people. We learnt to have goals that are difficult to achieve which makes them more meaningful. In the world outside Taekwondo, a developed Affective domain gives an advantage over everybody else. We are taught to work hard and have a passion for something. This gives us purpose and motivation. It helps us have fun and create better relations with others because of the different values like courtesy and humbleness. The Affective domain provides the necessary groundwork to have success.

The Cognitive is taught last because it builds off of the foundations of the other two. This domain helps students to think for themselves and be able to teach the material most effectively. This domain comes only after mastery of the other two as it needs a base. The Cognitive Domain is taught in activities like promotion tests, difficult classes, tournament preparation, and the numerous social events. All of these help the student to thoroughly work through the material and prepare for unknown situations. In other words, this domain is what makes CTI students leaders. We know how to pass on material and gain a better understanding of it. The applications of this skill are numerous. Students become natural leaders and examples in all aspects of life. The Cognitive domain creates strong people who are fit to lead in the world.

Overall, the Model Concept is an effective method to creating balanced individuals. It has applications in and out of Taekwondo. The Psychomotor and Affective domain builds up the individual, and the Cognitive domain sharpens these skills to be able to better connect with others. The Moo Sul Kwan Model Concept creates hardworking and humble people who can make a positive impact on the world.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Discipline for Me

By Brynn Konrad, 1st dan

Karate students learning discipline through martial arts teachingI looked up the definition of “discipline” and found a few different definitions.  I found: “the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience”; “control gained by enforcing obedience or order”; “Discipline is the quality of being able to behave and work in a controlled way which involves obeying particular rules or standards”; “orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior “; “Self control”.  And then, I looked up self control in the dictionary and found the following: “restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires”.  After all of this, my personal definition of discipline is to use self control to behave appropriately.

Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo at the CTI has helped me to learn and use self discipline in myself.  It began in my first years of MSK Taekwondo classes, where I learned the importance of attending regularly and on time.  I quickly realized how important it was to call if I was sick and needed to miss a class.  In class, we worked on poomse movements and exercises that helped me learn the details of discipline.  As I became an upper belt, I used my self discipline (and interest) to attend weekend classes and events.  Sometimes it was hard when I needed to miss birthday parties and staying over with friends.  But, all of this has really helped me, since I was able to learn that when you work towards a goal and are completely committed, you can achieve your goals.

I see how it has helped me in other sports as well.  For example, in basketball, there have been times when I am running down the court and know I can beat the other team to the basket and make a shot, but instead, I quickly take a look around me and look for one of my teammates, who is open, to pass to and feel the importance of working together as a team.  There are times I get pushed down and use my self discipline to pick myself back up, hold my head high and continue with the game.  I have learned that it is best not to let others know when they get to you in these situations.

I could not be more grateful for everything that the Colorado Taekwondo Institute has taught me.  The discipline around my time has been very beneficial for my homework and grades.  I always give my best to homework, projects and tests at school.  This is another journey to achieve future goals.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Training Tied to Academic Achievement

By Logan Gill, red belt

At the Colorado Taekwondo Institute, Taekwondo is closely tied to academic achievement.  Research has shown that students who engage in extracurricular activities tend to do better in school.  Why does being a part of outside-of-school activities, such as Taekwondo, help kids with academics?  For one, athletic activities like martial arts boost brain health and efficiency.  Furthermore, enjoyment of extra activities helps the student's self-confidence, which directly translates to more confidence in both academics and social areas at school.  Taekwondo also increases memory through understanding and memorization of martial arts skills, which are practiced and developed as the Taekwondo student progresses.

Taekwondo is a team sport.  In it, students can both individually excel and flourish as part of a group.  Taekwondo tournaments offer a chance for friendly competition, and the tournaments can offer both team and individual competition.  Additionally, teamwork increases your ability to communicate and work collaboratively, both inside school and outside of it.  The ability to cooperate with others is useful and sought after in all areas of life.

Teaching academic achievement through martial arts Taekwondo trainingInvolvement in activities like Taekwondo increases time management skills.  Kids who regularly attend activities such as Taekwondo learn how to manage their time in terms of what is most important to them and what needs to be done, so they are better prepared for school, especially as it grows more challenging.  In fact, the time management skills that come from attending extracurricular activities are essential for both school and academics outside of it.

At the Colorado Taekwondo Institute, the focus is not just on martial arts skills.  While advanced Taekwondo skills and patterns are being taught, students also practice self-control and respect, among other physical and mental qualities.  When Taekwondo students practice their skills, they learn the importance of practice and continual usage for the advancement of other skills as well.  Taekwondo students simultaneously excel mentally and physically.

One of the most important mental qualities of a person in today's world is grit and determination.  Upper-belt students at CTI have had to have a strong work ethic to get where they are now.  Reaching black belt and beyond takes extreme determination and perseverance, no matter the student's initial skill level— and the satisfaction is worth it.  However, reaching black belt is only the beginning.  All students of Taekwondo are constantly striving for the next level, no matter how advanced they are.  This constant reach for excellence is one of the best things a Taekwondo student, no matter what age, can do for themselves.

For me, Taekwondo has provided all this and more.  I am a good student at school and I am sure I have benefited from being part of the CTI Taekwondo community.  The constant hard work it takes has been extremely rewarding.  Any student in Taekwondo definitely benefits from it- physically, mentally, in school, out of school, and in life.

Friday, January 26, 2018

How Karate is Great for Young Children

By Emily Artman, 1st dan

Colorado Taekwondo Institute is the best martial arts for kids

Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo is a rewarding experience for any age, and for our younger students, taekwondo teaches lessons and ideas that you simply can’t find anywhere else. Young kids are bouncing balls of energy and excitement, an energy that sometimes needs a positive outlet. The best martial arts for kids provide a great outlet, as it challenges the mind and the body. Though MSK Taekwondo children learn things like self-defense, as well as skills that will make them successful for the rest of their lives.

At such a young age thing as goal setting, self-confidence, and discipline are foreign concepts. Schools focus more on skills as they relate to things like math and science. Karate for young children, however, focuses on skills that relate to the body as well as how it relates to the mind.  Children are learning how to control themselves, as well as how to defend themselves. Both skills are useful as children continue to grow and mature, mostly because children who go through the Colorado Taekwondo Institute (CTI) have a greater understanding of self-control and respect, things that their fellow classmates may not fully understand.

Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo also transfers to the other parts of life, including home, school, and other sports. The skill learned through MSK Taekwondo don’t just stay in dojang, they can be used everywhere else in life for young people.  Take school for example.  Success in school requires things like sitting still and paying attention.  MSK Taekwondo also requires these things to be successful, and one of the first things you learn through taekwondo is that if you pay attention and give 100%, there is no way you will fail. Skills like teamwork and discipline also transfer to things like outside sports, where they are learning to dribble a basketball or kick a soccer ball. Karate for young children offers many benefits, and these benefits won't go away with age.  MSK Taekwondo is the best martial arts for kids. It is rewarding for everyone that walks through the doors, and it provides an especially unique experience for young children.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

44th CTI Superbowl

The patch for a martial arts tournament in Lakewood, Colorado

The 44th Colorado Taekwondo Institute Superbowl is taking place at Alameda International Junior/Senior High School on February 23-24!  Friday evening is devoted to black belt competition, which continues early in the morning on Saturday.  Everyone competes on Saturday in the many exciting competitions.

Divisions for all ages and belt levels will be in poomse, sparring, breaking and more!  To celebrate the end of the CTI-year, everyone under black belt competes for the four Grand Champion awards.

During this special day, breaking rules are enhanced and there are also special, unique black belt events for the advanced competitors.

Ask you instructor for more information.  Get a Superbowl Tri-Fold at your CTI Campus today!

You can register online right here!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Traits Developed at through Martial Arts for Leadership

By Deb Denny, red belt, CTI Black Belt Club Member

Confidence is a necessary trait for a good leader to instill that same value in people who follow. It is more secure to follow someone acting confidently, as outcomes will be more secure. As a confident leader forges ahead into unknown territory, the leader instills a sense of “I can do this” in their followers, who then can solve any problems together.

Humility is a great trait for a leader, one who is willing to approach new situations humbly. A prideful, boastful person will actually repel followers.  A leader has to be able to inspire others to follow.

Accountability is the ability to say “the buck stops here.” A person who can take responsibility for all decisions made will be more popular than one who is always looking for someone else to blame. People will be more willing to take chances under such a leader because they inspire everyone to try to the best of their ability. When failure occurs, it is not a negative but another step on the road to success.

Passion is one of the best qualities a leader can have. If a person is not heartfelt about what they are doing, what is the attraction for your followers. Igniting your passion is contagious and will incite those around you to do their best with energy and excitement.

The many benefits of a martial arts program for adults and childrenIntegrity is really the watch word for anyone in life. If you lie, cheat, and steal, no victories are yours to savor. Developing an honest reputation takes a long-time, one small error will undo it quickly. People are then quick to disassociate themselves with a leader lacking in integrity.

CTI martial arts students must be leaders in their community. The benefits of martial arts program is designed to develop leaders who excel in everything they do.  The program depends on strong leaders who attract students, who emulate and become leaders themselves. Leadership programs qualities learned in MSK Taekwondo will naturally extend throughout your life, helping you to succeed and attain goals.  The tenets of MSK Taekwondo courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and an indomitable spirit learned in class naturally helps you develop personal characteristics that translate into a strong leader.  These characteristics naturally extend throughout all aspects of your community life.

Society today tends to have an abundance of people who do not want to work for any goals, everything is deserved and to be handed over to them. CTI student leaders are necessary to help inspire people to ignite their passions and accomplish goals in the world.  Actions of leaders reverberate outward in the universe. One leader who can inspire one person to better themselves will then inspire another, and then another. Imagine a society where everyone is working passionately to discover their potential. The possibilities are endless. This is one reason I really enjoy the leadership program offered at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute.